Nickerson Funeral Home

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Dean Fredrick Smeltzer

March 8, 1929December 28, 2019

Dean Fredrick Smeltzer died peacefully on Cape Cod on December 28, 2019, at 90 years old.

He was born to Donald and Treva Smeltzer on March 8, 1929 and lived his early years with his parents and older siblings, Miriam and Paul, in Elkhart, Indiana. Dean studied engineering at Purdue University, where he met his future wife, Marjorie Carlisle, from Mooresville, Indiana. At age 22 Dean left Purdue to enter the Army and served in Germany from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. Upon return, he and Marjorie were married on May 23, 1953, and Dean completed his bachelor’s degree at Purdue.

The couple then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where Dean began his engineering career with Lear Inc. The family expanded to include three children: Eric, Deanne, and Nancy. The family moved to Walpole, Massachusetts in 1962 and spent their summers in Brewster, where Dean designed and helped build a sunny home on Sheep Pond. Dean worked at Northrop Corporation for 27 years, where he designed and helped to develop gyroscopes for guidance systems. Upon his retirement in 1989, he and Marjorie moved to Brewster full-time. There, Dean enjoyed building boats and furniture in his woodshop, canoeing and sailing, and spending time with his six grandchildren.

Dean was known for his playful sense of humor, his curiosity and open-mindedness, and the way he formed a special bond with each person in his life. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Smeltzer, his children and their spouses—Eric and Dale Smeltzer, Deanne and Tom Urmy, and Nancy and James Goldstein—and his six grandchildren: Ben and Neal Smeltzer, Sam and Carlo Urmy, and Allie and Jake Goldstein. Dean also leaves a legacy of his many wooden boats, which his family will continue to paddle and sail around Sheep Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations if desired can be made to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster MA 02631 (or their website, ccmnh.org).


Dean Fredrick Smeltzer

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Arlee Smith

January 5, 2020

Dear Marjorie,

For so many years my husband and I were "summer people" from Connecticut on 75 Sheep Pond Circle. Dean always welcomed us, our children, and grandchildren with smiles aboard his red truck. When I returned as a widow, he greeted me with open arms and a glass of wine overlooking Sheep Pond. You and he helped me to look to future. I'm so grateful .

Dean was an exceptionally, caring person to needful, Brewster neighbors year around. He is a role model for others to follow...

Arlee Smith

Chris & Cheryl Pantos

January 4, 2020

Dean was a very good friend for many years, and we will miss him greatly. He was very active in our neighborhood association serving many years in various capacities. This was in addition to many other community activities and volunteer efforts. For many years, Dean was a regular member of our neighborhood weekly men's breakfast group, the ROMEO's (Retired Old Men Eating Out). In the attached photo, he can be seen with some of the ROMEO's during a trip we took to the Mass Maritime Academy. We send our deepest condolences to Marge and all his family.

honey & bill belanger

January 3, 2020

Dean was a good neighbor, friend & helper for many years. We have lots of fond memories of him. Dean had such a unique talent for building many types of boats & sailing on sheep pond. SAIL ON DEAN! Love Honey & Bill Belanger

Vito & Diane Dellibovi

January 2, 2020

Marjorie & Family,

Our deepest sympathies on Dean's passing.
Although we only knew Dean for a short time, he became a good friend, neighbor and fellow "Romeo".
He had a great sense of humor and was always a pleasure to talk with.
He will be missed.

Diane & Vito Dellibovi